Drug Courts in Massachusetts
There are twenty drug courts in the state of Massachusetts.
As part of the justice system, drug courts and juvenile drug courts are a fairly recent and promising innovation that can break the cycle of substance abuse by mandating substance abuse treatment instead of prison sentences.
Studies show that participants in drug court have a high success rate of completing treatment and leading drug-free lives.
For more information about the role of drug courts in treating substance abuse, read the article Drug Courts Help Substance Abusing Offenders available on the SAMSHA website.
Home Box Office - Addiction Series Website
This site presents new research, advice about selecting a treatment program, compelling stories and interviews with professionals about the problem of drug addiction, and successful treatments.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse
http://www.drugabuse.gov/ focuses on the science of addiction and contains comprehensive information about many aspects of abuse, from addiction to treatment.
Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse
This site provides free health promotion materials for Massachusetts' residents and health and social service providers in the Commonwealth. Materials are available free of charge and include "7 Ways to Protect Your Teen from Alcohol and Other Drugs," an easy-to-use booklet to help parents prevent teen drinking and other drug use. Other booklets and pamphlets address youth of various ages.
Massachusetts Inhalant Abuse Task Force
This is a Web-based training on inhalant abuse designed especially for parents, guardians and other adults by the New England Inhalant Abuse Prevention Coalition and the Massachusetts Inhalant Abuse Task Force of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
(1) Massachusetts Court System. (2007, April 6). Massachusetts drug courts. Retrieved July 10, 2007 from http://www.mass.gov/courts/admin/planning/drugcourtslist.html
(2) Clay, R. A. (2006, March/April). Incarceration vs. treatment: Drug courts help substance abusing offenders. SAMHSA News, 14(2). Retrieved July 10, 2007 from http://www.samhsa.gov/samhsa_news/VolumeXIV_2/index.htm
(3) Home Box Office. (n. a.). Co-occurring disorders. Retrieved July 10, 2007 from http://www.hbo.com/addiction/understanding_addiction/142_co-occurring_disorders.html
This information is provided by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services within the Department of Public Health.